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By TheHellKing | Updated on January 19, 2021
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Arcane Comet
Manaflow Band
Absolute Focus

Sudden Impact
Ultimate Hunter

+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+15-90 HP (lvls 1-18)


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Champion Build Guide

I Don't Apologize For Going Top Lane (And Mid) (And ADC)

By TheHellKing
From Me To You
So we are here, at this time of the year. Pre-season. And this year, it look like Riot decided to go ham on their game and re-design a lot of items, of which I think I've angered Riot some how with my Rakan build and they expressed that by making most of it Mythic (fyi you can only buy 1 Mythic item). Because of that, now I have to actually spent time looking deeper into the items to get the best out of it, which I am too lazy and busy to do (I got a new job!). As such, I ask you all to bear with me until I get off my behind and do some research for the most optimal build. Until next time >w<
Introduction Back to Top
Hi, its me, TheHellKing, a very casual LoL player which means that I hardly ever play rank because I believe that playing game is for fun. Maybe that's why I'm Iron 2 *chuckle* (but I am now Iron 1 :D). I've only been playing LoL since the start of 2019 so I'm still fairly new to the game.

I make this guide because: 1. Rakan is my favorite champion and 2. Rakan top is a hidden sparkle that not much people know of :>

But seriously, even though I'm not the best LoL player, I'm a decent one and you should trust me with this. I know what I'm saying (I think).

And also I recently achieved mastery 6 with only 30,000 points in Rakan by just playing him top

I hope you all enjoy top lane Rakan like I do and have a lot of fun

P/S: you might not notice but there will be no build for jungle and support here because
1. Rakan in the jungle is so bad it will not work unless Riot decide to buff his Q (give healing against jungle camp) or at least his E (self-shield and ability to dash to wards like Lee Sin's ).
2. There are so many good Rakan's support guides that I have go to when I play him support so I feel like I don't need to make one.
Vibe Music Back to Top
Before you proceed to play Rakan top, you need to know a few songs.

When you solo q because you don't have friends (the one I listen to the most):
Why Rakan Top? Back to Top

+Great sustain
+Good poke
+Good for teamfight
+Left enemy tilted for losing lane against a "former" sp
+Very high mobility
+Can start teamfight
+Can easily pick out squishy enemy (depend on build path)
+Perfect hair

With Rakan top, you can continuously harass enemy with your combo and win small trade thanks to the heal from your Q. And he is also a charming birby boi, who can not like him?

-Can get kite
-Require matchup knowledge
-Limited damage
-Dead if missed W

Rakan is not the champion suitable for solo fight late game due to his limited damage so he will require allies present all the time. And if you miss your W, you will either be kite or melee to death. (×_×;)
Dancin' Between The Runes! Back to Top
Option 1: AP Frontline
Primary: Sorcery

Arcane Comet: This will give you extra poke damage. The moar the better. P/S: for matchup with slow like Nasus, you could switch for Phase Rush.

Manaflow Band: Give you extra mana so you can stay in lane for longer. Basically the best in this row.

Absolute Focus: The most viable in this row, give you extra damage. Can be trade out for Transcendence if you don't want to buy extra CDR item.

Scorch: Pretty straight forward, more poke. Can be trade out for Gathering Storm if you like more damage.

Secondary: Domination

Sudden Impact: A great rune that goes well with your W and E. Can be trade out for Cheap Shot for extra true damage.

Ultimate Hunter: Let you use ult more often or bring Relentless Hunter if you want to roam(even though I would not understand why).

2 Adaptive and 1 HP

Option 2: Full Tank
Primary: Resolve

Aftershock: The best in this skill tree, you can also use Grasp of the Undying but because Rakan is classified as ranged, the effect will be reduced.

Shield Bash: A good choice because Rakan has shield passive and from his E Battle Dance but this build doesn't include AP so the extra damage will be limited and I usually go with Demolish.

Conditioning: Good choice for extra resistance, can change for Second Wind if against ranged like Quinn or Bone Plating if against all-in melee like Garen.

Overgrowth: My usual choice cuz it give you extra HP, change to Unflinching against heavy CC team.

Secondary: Sorcery

Manaflow Band: Give you more mana so can last longer in lane.

Gathering Storm: Because this build path bend toward late game, where you will be super tanky, this rune fit in really well for extra damage.

2 Adaptive and 1 HP
Life Sucks Without Items Back to Top
WARNING: This guide exist only to "guide" you so I encourage you to think and be more creative while playing rather than following this step by step!

Mythic Items:


Sunfire Aegis: A general item for a tank build

Everfrost: Very underrated item that fit in well for extra cc

Turbo Chemtank: If the enemy team has good kiting then you will need this to engage

Hextech Rocketbelt: Good item to get in range for your abilities and for wave clear

Luden's Tempest: For bursting down squishy
Under Construction Back to Top
I will continue to make the guide later, now I go play Pyke.
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I Don't Apologize For Going Top Lane (And Mid) (And ADC)
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